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  • Andrei Rublev
  • Stalker
  • The Duellists
  • Fitzcarraldo

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  • Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★★

  • Casablanca

    ★★★★

  • Morning Patrol

    ★★★★½

  • Gate of Flesh

    ★★★★★

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  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★★

    Stylistically I loved this. Godard had such a knack for making something so avant-garde feel so stylish and accessible in look. Its sleek, its chic, its sexy. 

    I wasn't as taken with the overall dialogue/story. The characters can tend to lose themselves (and me) in philosophical ramblings, often feeling more like the words of a writer than persona. In no way am I opposed to that framework, but the ideas/message have to resonate in a way they didn't here. The…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★

    More like Hump-me Bogart

    It being propaganda was always apparent, but damn I hadnt realized how potent. Whole thing is just a quippy emotional appeal against neutrality, bogart its vehicle.  Setting up a true love trope just to say fuck nazis more, giving most, american or not, someone to see themselves in. Its all very effective. 

    Didn't like the way sam was handled, even if it probably exceeds most other films of the period. Same for the overall handling of…

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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★★

    Amazing movie. Its like a constant hit of sleaziness and heart, one minute you're charmed to death and the next disgusted by the lead, the business, the city. The magic is how little it feels "set up." like you're just a floating eye, hovering the room, not a camera with set position and lighting and view. Sometimes you can barely see what the hells going on, sometimes barely hear, but it works so well. I felt there, in a way I rarely do. There are some magical moments. Made a new friend at this showing too :) Go to movies alone, its fun! 

    w/clarissa

  • Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story

    Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story

    ★★★★

    fuck it i'll vote for him